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Arshdeep Matharu – New Zealand Fine Art Photographer.. of sorts.

Going Deep

I’m in middle of reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. It’s a great book and primarily, it is about shunning distractions in our workplaces and instead of going deep with our work. Similar to how, every once in a while, Bill Gates would go on a “Think Week”. In the book, Cal Newport also describes two types of work – the shallow work – e.g. checking and responding to emails, social media – the work that requires low intellectual capability […]

This Week’s Photo – Wrestlers Through the Painted Gate – Raghu Rai

This week’s photo is by an Indian contemporary photographer, Raghu Rai. I think there are few key compositional tools at play in this photograph. The first one, and perhaps the most obvious one is the division of the frame, in roughly the thirds as shown in the sketch below. This allows the action in the middle of the frame to be isolated from rest of the scene, allowing the eye to go straight to the action instead of wandering around […]

Three Things I Learnt From Abstract: Art of Design – Episode 5

The fifth episode of Netflix’s Abstract Art of Design is about Ralph Gilles, the Head of global design at Chrysler. Originally from Canada, Ralph joined Chrysler in 1992 and was the lead designer behind the iconic Chrysler 300. Here are three things that I learned from this episode. Follow your dream Son of Haitian immigrants, Ralph started sketching car designs at a young age. in 1987, at age of 17, he sent his designs to the legendary Lee Iacocca at […]

This Week’s Photo – Sudan Famine – Tom Stoddart

This Week’s Photo, taken during the Sudan Famine by Tom Stoddart, saddens and frustrates me at the level of inequality depicted in the image – how can, we humans, be so untouched by the plight of the less fortunate? It’s also the image I’ve found particularly difficult to write about. I think this is because there aren’t many particular compositional elements to it for example – the strong leading lines or the S-curves or color – all the stuff that’s […]